Mural just doesn't cut it

I AM DISAPPOINTED with the design shown of Toodyay’s first public mural.
 
Part of this, admittedly, is due to my personal antipathy to the naive school of art it follows but mostly it is because of the ‘white Anglo male’ attitude it seems to perpetuate.
 
Is the mural supposed to indicate that the broad cross-section of our community is actively engaged in keeping our town beautiful? To show that litter is everyone’s responsibility? If so, it fails.
 
Where are Toodyay’s elderly depicted? 
 
One bloke of indeterminate years with a hat and beard hardly seems representative.
 
 
Where are Toodyay’s women depicted? One young person in a skirt doesn’t cut it.
 
Other ethnicities? I’m sure we have them. The disabled? Likewise.
 
Then there are the failures of logic.
 
Someone crawling around hedges and verges bagging rubbish in a skirt, or in white pants? Highly unlikely and not to be encouraged I would have thought.
 
Health and safety-wise the preponderance of short sleeves and scarcity of hats/gloves in the background figures is also a concern.
 
Before we spend $10,000 of Toodyay’s scarce resources on this, can we please rethink the design to ensure it reflects our current vibrant, inclusive, safety-conscious community and not the divisive, discriminatory prejudices and practices of a, thankfully, bygone era?
 
We are better than this.
Marion Pathey-Johns
Toodyay


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